The end-of-year exams are over and school is wrapping up lessons. But before you pack up the pencils and make plans for the upcoming holidays, there’s one last matter to attend to – your child has brought home their final assessment reports – what should you do now?
Whether you and your child are happy with the scores, this is an opportunity to get feedback on their academic progress thus far. Here are our top 3 tips on how you should interpret your child’s performance and help you get them ready for the next school year:
1. Assessing scores
It’s easy to see an Achievement Level (AL) of grade 4 to 6 as a sign that your child is struggling. But more importantly, try to determine how your child fared in comparison to their classmates. Though AL grades are supposed to reflect how your child did relative to their previous work and not for comparison between individuals, they can be a good gauge. You may have cause for concern if they are getting AL 7s or 8s. Conversely, an AL4 may be great if the rest of the class are getting AL5s.
Take the opportunity to get personalised feedback on your child’s performance by meeting with individual subject teachers in parent-teacher meetings. Maybe they’re always falling asleep in class. Or perhaps the assessments were set at a high standard. You don’t have to wait till the school next schedules a parent-teacher session before asking to meet with them!
Alternatively, if your child has tuition classes, ask their tutor for an assessment of how they did. Good tutors work closely with your child in their learning, and they can provide the best tips for improvement.
2. Making a game plan
What did your child do well this time that contributed to good or improved grades? Get your child in the habit of self-reflecting on their results and get them to write it out or discuss it with you. Doing so will help them develop a sense of ownership and responsibility for their academic work.
Here are some questions for them to consider:
- Are they satisfied with their grades?
- Do they think they could have done better?
- Did they allocate sufficient time to revise?
Most students start to prepare only a few days before, but high-performers tend to revise consistently.
- What did they do well this time that contributed to good or improved grades?
- What can they do differently next year to boost their scores further?
Create an action plan
From teachers’ feedback and your child’s reflections, help and guide them in creating an action plan with concrete and achievable steps for the upcoming holidays and new academic year. This might mean strengthening their foundation in certain problem-solving or writing skills or revising specific topic areas.
Get a headstart
It’s worth taking the time to work on weaknesses, as each year’s academic syllabus tends to build on the content and skills of the previous. Alternatively, it might be worth getting a head-start on the next year’s curriculum to ease the learning curve once school comes around again.
3. Enjoying a well-deserved break
Ultimately, every academic year is just another stepping stone in your child’s long education journey. Allow your child time to get some rest during the December holiday break too. But don’t let the books get dusty. Working on some revision or studying ahead will ensure your child is in the best place to hit the ground running in January!
The Elucidation Learning advantage
For a free assessment of your child’s work, make an appointment with Elucidation Learning. You can drop in at one of our centre locations and speak to us. Alternatively, call us at +65.6464-0323 or Whatsapp us at +65.9738-8529. We can help your child work on their weaknesses this holiday and give them a head-start for the new academic year!